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. >> in europe, google faces anti-competition measures. >>> in the united states, ben bernanke gets ready to outline an exit strategy to a skeptical congress. >> a warm welcome to "worldwide exchange." i'm chloe cho in asia. it's just past 5:00 p.m. in singapore. let's check on where the asian markets are wrapping up the trading day. mostly weaker today on the back of weaker consumer confidence numbers. and toyota lows taking the nikkei lower by 1.5%. the hang seng off 0.75%. on the other hand, we have the shanghai composite erasing all of its earlier losses, pushing higher by 1.3%. a lot of speculation in small cap stops and what may be linked to the national people's congress set to kick off next friday. other markets are weaker, the kospi down 1%. the bombay sensex has been trading around the front line. the aussie market asterisk comes off the table, a lot of commodities and resources lower. the s&p/asx 200 down .5%. let's check on the ftse cnbc global 300. slightly off 0.4% at 4,315. good morning, becky. >> good morning. it's about 10:00 on the continent. european markets have been t
>>> tonight on "the kudlow report," the washington snowstorm shut down congress. but ben bernanke released his new testimony, anyway. investors caught a chill on the news, and distinguished money expert john taylor has his own expert strategy rebuttal to bolster ben's manhood. you don't want to miss this one. >>> they're bearing gifts to the greece bailout problem. will the bailout issue ever end? >>> google is at war with china and now they're being thrown out of iran. they think they can stifle free speech, but i think the old human desire for freedom and democracy will still win out in the end. >>> has obama flipped out on greedy bonuses and business support? well, liberal columnist paul cra craigman is horrified, he thinks we're doomed. fasten your seat belts, everybody, "the kudlow report" starts now. >>> good evening, everyone. i'm larry kudlow. welcome back to "the kudlow report" where we believe free market kamt capitalism is the b path to prosperity. >>> our lead story tonight is fed head ben bernanke's leader to congress. how is he going to stop the zero interest rate mo
for an extended period. >> tom: but ben bernanke tells lawmakers he's moving ahead with plans to pull some of the rescue programs put in place during the financial crisis. you're watching "nightly business report" for wednesday, february 24. this is "nightly business report" with susie gharib and tom hudson. "nightly business report" is made possible by: this program was made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> susie: good evening, everyone. your interest rates won't be going up for a little while longer. federal reserve chairman ben bernanke told congress today he does not plan to raise rates anytime soon. >> tom: susie, those were magical words for investors. stocks rallied with the dow gaining 91 points. >> susie: tom, bernanke also told lawmakers about the fed's plans to wind down the emergency lending programs put in place during the financial crisis. darren gersh has details, and how the transition back to normal could impact you. >> reporter: when you've pumped more than a trillion dollars into the financial system, as the federal reser
. >> in the united states, the spotlight shines today, ben bernanke is back on the hill and president obama's high profile health care summit. >> hello there. a warm welcome to "worldwide exchange." it's chloe cho in asia where it's just past 5:00 p.m. in singapore. a similar scene that we saw as yesterday, of course, investors picking up on bernanke's comments. going forward, could be weak. of course, we had some weak housing numbers, as well, along with disappointing consumer confidence this week. take a look at the damage report. the yen is not helping. nor are the toyota woes. the hang seng, slightly off the shanghai composite. we did have the auction yield on three-month bills along with one-year bills earlier this week that left those yields unchanged. a lot of investors seem to be thinking that perhaps this could be a sign the pboc is taking it easy as far as tightening is concerned. as for the other markets, the kospi down 1.6%. the bombay sensex is pretty much right along the flat line and the aussie market lower by 1.2%, back below that key 4,600 level and take a look at the ftse cnbc gl
morning. i'm mark haines. >> i'm erin burnett. front and center, benjamin s. bernanke. >> yes. >> will be testifying in front of the house financial services committee about the economy and anything else they want to talk about. that'll be live in an hour. >> how about the exit strategy? imagine there will be some questions about that. the sec meets on possibly curbing short sales. huge issue for the market. full details coming up. >> and president obama meeting with key business leaders. it's all happening during this show. we've got a lot of breaking news, big headlines for you. we will be all over it, mark. how are your futures? >> not too good. >> no. >> up 0.70. we get a little break here because we closed a point above fair value. but, you know, looking at maybe 15, 20 points on the dow at the open. let's hit the markets. peel back the layers of the onion starting with brian shactman at the big board. >> thank you. listen, asia and europe were pretty mixed. germany, their economy in an absolute standstill. doint need to go over bernanke and all things going on in d.c. wi
captioning sponsored by wpbt >> tom: bernanke's blueprint, the federal reserve chairman outlines plans to pull back the trillions of dollars the central bank has used to prop up the economy. >> suzanne: the exit strategy includes eventually removing cash from the financial system, then raising interest rates. you're watching "nightly business report" for wednesday, february 10. this is "nightly business report" with susie gharib and tom hudson. "nightly business report" is made possible by: this program was made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> tom: good evening, everyone. a huge winter storm closed the federal government again today. that didn't stop federal reserve chairman ben bernanke from making news. >> the weather postponed the hearing. >> tom: the central bank oh could take to prop up the economy. erika miller has the details. >> reporter: investors did not hear the fed chairman's testimony today, but they still could read it. all 3,496 words. economists say the most important sentence is here, on page ten. "the federal re
anywhere on the globe. and then helicopter ben bernanke is going to capitol hill this week with a new blueprint for tighter money known as "paying interest on excess bank reserves." i don't buy it but we'll debate it. >>> and finally, the obama jobs plan which i call stimulus 2.0, full of gimmicks and high tax-job destroyers. i'll use my best right hook against the left jabs of mark walsh and david goodfriend two of my favorite liberal pals. fasten your seatbelts, everybody. "the kudlow report" begins right now. >>> good evening. i'm larry kudlow and welcome back where we believe freed market capitalism is the best path to prosperity. let's begin with tonight's money politics message. i'm trying hard to be optimistic about economic recovery in america and for that matter, around the world. in my world, optimism always beats pessimism every time. despite wayward policies from washington i still believe in the cyclical recovery scenario here at home. but the growing debt problem in the u.s., europe and elsewhere is starting to sack confidence in the optimistic growth scenario and i have
to thank chairman bernanke for being here today. starting with your discussion on page 4, in addition to closing special facilities the federal reserve is normalizing its lending to commercial banks through the discount window and you go on to talk about your new federal funds rate and discussion about why you have done this and encouraging banks to go to the private market for investment and you say further in this discussion that these adjustments are not expected to lead for higher financial conditions for households and businesses. the last thing i heard before i came here this morning was a prediction by some of the analysts on television that in about one month we can expect that there will be an increase in interest rates on mortgages and home loans and everybody that i've talked to really believes that this change that you have made in the federal funds rate is what's going to trigger that. is that true or did you give any thought to this? how can you guarantee that it won't? >> congresswoman, it's not the federal funds rate that we raised. it was the discount rate. >> the dis
with thousands of flights grounded as we speak. >>> fed chairman, ben bernanke laying the groundwork on the central bank's exit strategy for the economic rescue efforts. we've got details of what mr. bernanke said today coming up. >>> but first here's a look at how we finished the day on wall street. the dow jones industrial average under water today. down 21 points on the dow at 10038. under a billion shares traded here on the nyse, as people stayed home, instead of embracing the heavy travel and heavy snow. s&p 500 down 2.5%. quarter of a percent lower at 106 and the nasdaq composite gave up three points and technology one of the winners on the session as was financial services. we get all of the action right now from bertha coombs our floor on the nyse. >> reporter: hey, maria, all things considered it's not a very bad day on the close, even though we closed to the downside. the real factors that kept people hessittant today, the snow of course. that kept volumes lower, but also the uncertainty about where we're headed with greece. this morning, as you take a look at the intraday
. >>> ben bernanke, coming to capitol hill. the central bank chief is ready for tough questions from lawmakers about the economy, interest rates and the fed's exit strategy. and president obama reaching out to business leaders, hosting a white house dinner for some high profile ceos. today, he addresses a business round table. those stories and more as "squawk box" begins right now. >>> good morning, everybody. welcome to "squawk box." i'm becky quick along with joe kernen and carl quintanilla. we've been watching the markets this morning. after a down day yesterday, you'll see we're not getting any bounceback just yet. after yesterday's markets, obviously, you've got a lot of watchers waiting to figure out what happens. >> yeah. that consumer confidence number was troubling. >> it was. >> people now thil thinking maybe the sample was bad because i was worse than a lot of people expected at this stage of the game. we've got jobless claims high. we'll talk a lot about that this morning. but toyota's troubles are in the spotlight again today as the company's ceo appears on capitol hill
call." i am trish regan and we are 09 minutes into today's trading. market lower amid ben bernanke's comments and we'll talk about the fed's exit strategy and what it means for your money right now. hey there, larry. >> hey, trish. i'm larry kudlow, conflicting reports on whether there's a european plan to bail out greece. we'll have a live report from brussels and we'll discuss what needs to be done right here. good morning, melissa. >> as toyota's problems mount we ask are cars just too overengineered and sophisticated computers doing more harm than good. this is "the call" on cnbc. >>> it looked like it was going to be a positive day on this snowy morning in new york city as traders remained optimistic that there would be a bailout for greece, but then germany said there was no imminent plan and the rallies stalled and after ben bernanke announced the fed's exit strategy. take a look at how the s&p 500 is trading. it is down seven points on the day and it's two-thirds of a percentage point. take a look at the dow, it's down 59, almost 60 points and that's 0.1% and sitting below
. >> but they will be -- >> who will they be? >> ben bernanke. >> okay. senate banking committee. president holds a key health care meeting. that's why we have the white house. what else? >> snow in the northeast. it started as rain this morning for many this morning who are watching but it has turned into thick -- >> wet, heavy. >> idyllic if you're looking to -- >> don't shovel this stuff. >> well, good morning, everyone. it's good to be with you. we're here, glad you're here. i'm erin burnett. >> i'm mark haines. >> it says i'm market haines. i want everyone to know it's funny. >> yes, i noticed that. also front and center the number of u.s. workers filing initial claims for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly last week. >> coca-cola striking a deal to buy the north american operations of its largest bottler. you just saw the ceo there. >> heinz posted $231 million profit. a lot of ketchup. >> futures are sad. >> not good. >> part of the reason for the sadness was an unexpected jump in unemployment claims. >> hum. >> much bigger jump than anticipated. a lot of people are looking through it and saying i
, will they or won't they? the bailout chatter for greece intensifies. >> and here in the united states, ben bernanke will set out the fed's exit plan today but will likely make jobs clear, we'll still be in the car for some time to come. >> and welcome to "worldwide exchange." i'm christine tan in singapore where it's 5:00 p.m. in the city. let's get a view of where the asian markets have closed today. a lot of hopes pengd on the european union. they might come up with a plan to bail out greece. the nikkei 225 is up marginally. toyota continues to be focused. that stock climbing despite anal announcement that it's recalling another set of cars. the shanghai market up more than 1%. a lot of positive comments out in the country about strong import data and export data and that's helping to lift sentiment in china. the kos pit is moving up flat. people and investors are staying on the sidelines. the bombay sensex is trading down 0.5% and the aussie market is pretty much flat, up 0.2%. the ftse cnbc global 300 up 8 points, 4,243. ross, good to see you. >> hey, christine. we're very much focused on the w
not agreed to anything yet. >> and ben bernanke will be releasing his ideas on how the fed is going to pull back from its current role of propping up the economy in every way, shape, and form. we're going to have that live at 10:00. i know his comments are coming out, mark. i'm not sure if he's actually going to physically be there because you know in washington it's a little snow. what are they going to do? >> i think they now have a total of 50, five zero, inches on the ground. >> yeah, yeah. >> we also have big snow issues in new york, baltimore, philadelphia, airports closed, schools closed. it's a real mess. this is a live picture. >> wow. >> well, it was a live picture of reagan national airport. it is empty. >> that's amazing. it really is. mark, you know i remember when there was a forecast of snow things would be shut down and called off and to your point pretty incredible what has been going on there. snowmageddon. that's an amazing picture, live. no one at the airport. >>> the futures right now are plus 0.70 on the s&ps. we needed 1.42 to get to fair value. so it's very close to
. bernanke's testimony was released this morning. on outlining an exit plan, the market pretty much took a slide. a lot of things that told about -- heard about. the 10-year auction did not go too well. rick santelli will have more on that, partly because of the low volume, because of the storm. as the storm's intensified here in the northeast i know that traders are concerned about getting home and we've seen volumes get lower. financials have been the standout all day and really moved us into positive territory midday. jpmorgan, bank of america very strong. and strong that perhaps metlife set to buy its alcoa unit. energy and materials have gone back and forth as the dollar has gone back and forth. dollar lost ground midday. we saw them gained and now they're losing again as the dollar is stronger got and also got disappointing outlooks from lothan mentel. the super markets, maybe one of the benefactors to watch as far as the storms. their stocks today are doing pretty well. a friend of mine sent me picture it is from washington area super market chains there, calling them, so be it, s
, as well, and nursing losses from the federal reserve chief ben bernanke. we've got all the details. christine, we're waiting for the timing. >> that's right. let's see the properties expect of a package for gooes, is it having any impact on the euro right now? euro/dollar, 1.3763. euro is higher against sterling, 0.8841. euro/dollar 1.3763. dollar/yen, standing at 90 evening. a lot of eyes on what will happen with the package. nicole. >> the snowstorm may gone in the i'd, but it's reeking havoc in the east coast, especially in washington. government offices are closed for a fourth straight day at the estimated cost of $100 million in lost productivity. the senate will be back in session this afternoon, but no votes are scheduled. the weekly u.s. inventory data which normally comes out on wednesday has been postponed again until friday. january retail sales in december business inventories which were supposed to come out today have moved to friday. we still get weekly jobless claims at 8:30 new york time and they're forecast to drop by 12,000 to a total of had 68,000. >>> pepsi corp
on a bailout for the debt-strapped country. >>> on exit strategy, ben bernanke unveiling his plan for the fed's next move. and the house of mouse, disney posting strong quarterly results and investors are responding. a cnbc exclusive with ceo bob ieger, "squawk box" begins right now. >> good morning, everybody. welcome to "squawk box" here on cnbc. i'm becky quick. joe and carl are out today. steve liesman is spending the week on set with me and this morning we are joined by "fortune" magazine editor andy soerwer. >> good to be here. >> meantime, wall street is bracing for a winter storm this morning as the second snowstorm in a week descend eds on new york. washington, philadelphia, they are expected to be hit and hit hard. the federal government in washington is closed for a third straight day at an estimated cost of $100 million in lust productivity. government offices in boston, baltimore and philadelphia all announcing that they will be closed. congress, by the way, is canceling votes and rescheduling hearings. the united nations headquarters in new york city shutting down schools all th
, a guy who's equivalent of ben bernanke he hurried back. the moment he booked that ticket the hedge funds figured he was going to solve the crisis and that's when they started rallying. y yun -- can you believe it? you just need to find out who his travel agent is and book your trade accordingly. if we knew he's on the case, we're less concerned about a collapse in europe and we recognize that he isn't about to cut off the stimulus that's so crucial to getting europe which has the worst economies in the world going in the right direction. if the stock market stimulus thing is still with us, then we're not going to slink back into a worldwide slowdown. trichet's travel interruption was so powerful it was able to do something i have not seen happen since the year began, maybe even earlier, and that is the stock market did not go down when the baron chief president obama spoke on tv. way to go, trichet. now, i know about zorba the greek than greek bonds. i get the gist of trichet's move -- memo to trichet on his travel plans, make sure they're never on a sunday because the markets aren't ope
, fed chairman ben bernanke has returned to capitol hill this morning. and investors are looking for more clues on the central bank's next move. and the markets at this hour have u.s. equity futures under a bit of pressure after yesterday's rebound as "squawk box" begins right now. >> welcome to "squawk box" right here on cnbc. i'm becky quick along with joe kernen at the cnbc world headquarters. carl is in washington this morning where president obama is hosting a televised health care summit. we'll have more from carl on that story. but joe, that's not the only news in washington today. >> no, it's not. we may pipe in that music with carl down there and he'll be looking good. he'll have his jacket on. >> he always looks good. >> yes, he does. also in washington, carl is there, but also this other guys that's going to show up. that's not really what all the scuttlebutt is going to be about down there. it's about carl. but ben bernanke will come back and testify on the hill today. yesterday he pledged to continue record low interest rates for, in his words, an extended period. >>
much, sharon. we're not getting as much volatility today as yesterday although ben bernanke's tax did get a little movement. if you look at two-year yield it's slightly elevated and you look at the curve it's know changed. there's a potential for an exit strategy as depicted by that text. if you look at the next chart, indeed the euro versus the dollar has been mostly down, but it is bouncing back a bit especially in the last hour or so, keeping up with the headlines and some of those headlines, hey, the checks didn't have a good day and they sold an additional 150 million u.s. equivalent of their 15 year. they wanted to sell more, but portugal had better luck selling u.s. equipment of the 4 billion of ten-year note and let's hop across the pond and rebecca me ham. >> let's take a check of what's happening in europe and it's all about greece. no surprise there and we check on the fotse, the cac and the dax. 2.4% higher for greek eiquities today. we know we've had the european finance chiefsi having a conference call today. the ecb governing body is having a call tonight and tomorrow a
. >> sreenivasan: wall street racked up gains today after the federal reserve chairman, ben bernanke, said interest rates need to stay low. the dow jones industrial average gained more than 91 points to close at 10,374. the nasdaq rose 22 points to close near 2,236. public and private sector workers walked off the job across greece today. it was the second 24-hour strike in the last two weeks aimed at a government austerity plan. demonstrators clashed with police in athens, after a peaceful march had ended. they were protesting plans to cut government spending because of a debt crisis. greece has announced wage freezes, bonus cuts and pension reform over the last month to save almost $7 billion. the u.s. house has stepped up the pressure on health insurance companies. it came a day before the president's bi-partisan summit on health care reform. health correspondent betty ann bowser has the story. >> this meeting will come to order. >> reporter: the target at a house hearing today was wellpoint-- the parent company of california's anthem blue cross. >> corporate executives at wellpoint are thriving
't paying attention. my lead of the bernanke speech was discount rate to be hiked. my lead on the minutes was -- >> it sounds like -- >> let me finish, melissa, just be clear, my sources are telling me in the wake of this that the concept there's another bit to come is not necessarily true. they may stop here. so the idea that somehow they're just beginning this process of going back to 100 over on the fed funds is not true. it's out there in a lot of stuff. they may stop here. >> rich bernstein -- >> i want to ask both of you. do you think fed funds december 31, 2010 will be higher than they are today? >> well, let me answer that question and put it back to you. the typical forecast, is that the unemployment rate will be 9.5% or higher. also, that the inflation rate over the last year will be 1 to 1.25%. i have to ask you if you think at that point the fed would begin to tighten? you tell me. >> first of all, i think the bond market will -- i don't think the bond market looks at core. i hate to argue with on you this one, but if we find the inflation rate starts breaking 3, 3.5, we break
year. government spending has done next to nothing. bernanke still has no real strategy. we're going to get to all of that with our market panel. who joins us now to talk about these many events of the week. we have peter morici of university of maryland. dan fitzpatrick and john carney returns. you know, dr. frolick, i want to begin with you. not greece, not the euro, not the snows, nothing really week.d stocks from going up the market has peaked in mid january and hasn't moved much in many months. but the fact remains, things may not be so bad. weigh in. >> i think it comes down to earnings, larry. we got some great efshgs. across the board, time warner, ann taylor, a look at comcast, even moodie and sony, it wasn't just earnings, larry, it was top-level revenue growth. the big picture, when you look at china, understand even with them slowing down, when they slowed down the first time, china banks still let $2 billion this january. third highest on record. as investors you have to realize this is money already in pipeline. when you think of china mustard seeds, larry, they're abou
the height of the economic crisis. ben bernanke was expected to testify but the hearing was canceled because of the snow. bernanke says the fed will likely raise it is interest rate it pays banks. raise the rate but analysts say that could hurt folks looking for consumer loans because banks have incentive to sit on their money rather than lend. this is the cycle and we're gob to move forward. bernanke says the move is months away and claims it's best for the fed to recoup the money it loaned out. you may wonder why would the federal reserve do something to make it more difficult to get loans? at the same time, the obama administration wants banks to extend loans to small business to say they can hire more workers. it's a central component of the job creation plan. major garrett has more. how can each happen at the same time, as if i didn't know? >> i've talked to senior administration officials and of course the federal reserve is an independent agency, the white house and treasury department don't like to talk about the policy but the federal reserve and government are more interlinked sinc
. bernanke said it. a lot of people said it. and then i said it after you said it. >> i know it. and you're on optimist. >> i am an optimist. >> in terms of why i thought it was contained was, first of all, i was talking about subprime and we made the mistake of just simply saying the subprime was not big in relation to a 13, $14 trillion u.s. economy. and what was really going on is we were talking about housing overall and since world war ii, housing, residential home prices, had generally gone up. and the mortgages were just considered to be very safe investments. and so the kind of decline we saw was something that was not envisioned in any kind of model. it wasn't anything that many people that were close it to -- after the fact, it seems obvious to all of us. but the -- and so when you had the kind of decline we saw in housing prices that changed the behavior of those of homeowners, and, also, the other thing you and i were talking about before the show is this -- all of this complexity. so when -- it. >> it's crazy. mortgage-backed securities that were rated triple-a by a bunch of
't you tell us what you think after hearing a couple days of bernanke's testimony on the hill. does it change your outlook on what the fed is doing? >> no, as long as they use the magic words, extended period, we know the fed will be on hold for at least six months. that's what bill dudley told us. he said extended period was the language the fed has put in the policy statement, means at least six months. it was a phrase repeated by st. louis fed president bullard recently. so whenever bernanke puts his word in on it as well, we can feel assured that the fed is not likely to move for at least six months. the fed needs to be very clear at this day and age. so if they're telling us that that's what extended period means, that's what it means. and so, until there's some other clarifying comments, that's what we have to go on. >> we had somebody who told us yesterday that maybe they could move 25, 50 basis points. it's not the extended period but they're focusing on the incredibly low rates. either one of you guys quily think that's the case? >> the focus is on the extraordinary program
. >> fed chairman ben bernanke is not offering any clues as to when interest rates may increase. in his semiannual report to congress, he said record low interest rates are needed each ease the nation's >> obviously a deployment is the biggest problem we have. we need to find ways to address that issue. >>, has begun addressing the unemployment issue. today the senate passed a tax bill centered on tax breaks for businesses who are unemployed workers. the bill is now headed back to the house. the plan intended to fix the pension problem for the city's police officers and fire fighters require something from all parties involved, retirees, active employees, and the taxpayer. jayne miller is live in the newsroom with details. >> under these recommendations, police and firefighters might have to work longer to get benefits, and the city might have to be used to a bigger budget line item to keep the plan afloat. the recommendations released today are intended to ensure city police and firefighters get a secure retirement without breaking the bank. that is not the courts now. >> the system is
tonight. thank you. the federal reserve chairman ben bernanke laid out the blueprint for the fed's plan to recoup all the money it loaned out in the great recession and in turn winding down the stimulus program. bernanke issued a statement saying the fed will try to raise the interest rate it pays banks to keep money in the u.s. central bank. analysts say that way banks would be less inclined to put money on risky investments. but they also say that could hurt consumers because those banks would have more incentive to sit on their money and earn interest rather than lend it out to you and me. but, bernanke says the plan will not be implemented until the economy is on a firmer footing. on wall street, the stock market managed to steady itself before the closing bell today. after hearing bernanke's plans concerning the central bank, stocks suffered sharp early losses before reversing course later in the day. the market ended up just about where it started. the dow dropped 20 to close a little bit above the 10,000 mark. the nasdaq down 3. the s&p off 2. while the fed works on the financial
, you have three big concerns. bernanke's confirmation, slowing china growth and obama slapping the banks around in the aftermath of the massachusetts miracle. i think investors have really focused upon those things and have used those skuexcuses to t profit. >> you don't seem to think things are over. we're due for a pullback and maybe the bull market continues? >> you look at fourth quarter earnings right now and i guess we're about halfway through the season. two-thirds of the company have beaten on revenues. you have consensus earnings for s&p that have now moved up to $76 a share. that puts multiple of a 14 times forward earnings. you have core inflation below 2% year over year. 3.6% treasury yield. multiples are too low. you'll see more corporate earnings improvements and stocks will go higher. >> massachusetts miracle? massachusetts disaster maybe. massachusetts tragedy maybe. >> depends on your point of view. >> i guess it does. i want to get that other side in. >> why are you looking at me? phil is the guest. >> i'm sorry. >> jay, what do you think of that scenario? thi
'll bring you the latest, ben bernanke, et cetera, okay, bears have had such an edge today. you've got to admit it, right? don't they? greece could be in trouble. germany's so tentative, spain's next, jobless claims are terrible. strong dollar. you can only imagine then with that parade of horribles, how hobbled the consumer is, can't be buying right? no wonder we're down so much. then all of a sudden the facts get in the way of the story. look, i want to be bearish in all this news. i want to join my buddies and pals, friends, yogi, boo-boo, baloo and smoky, but then we get coal saying things are getting better and not just because of the two shirts and buy two get one free purchase of kohl's brand socks, the house brand, i made this four weeks ago, can you tell the difference in that quarter was amazing. it's every bit as good as saks' and macy's. then autoparts makers saying auto sales are coming back strong. it is up moving better than $1. can you imagine how much market share ford must be taken as its format seemed darn good even on a snowy day and good old prindel, that's neutral
" lending now that financial market conditions are improving. >> tom: so what are ben bernanke and company thinking? where does the fed go from here? and what does it mean for the cost of credit? we get some insight from a fed watcher and a market pro. you're watching "nightly business report" for thursday, february 18. this is "nightly business report" with susie gharib and tom hudson. "nightly business report" is made possible by: this program was made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> susie: good evening, everyone. the federal reserve took the first step today to bring the banking system back to normal. right after the market close, the fed announced it's raising the interest rate it charges banks by a quarter of a percentage point. >> tom: susie, the so-called "discount rate" is used by banks for emergency loans, and was cut drastically during the financial crisis. the fed raised that rate today, saying in a statement it's time to "normalize" lending now that financial market conditions are improving. >> susie: tom, the fed's move sounds
. >> right. there's nothing they've got on ç you. >> not anymore. >> ben bernanke who oversaw the collapse of not just the united states but the entire world financial system and brought our economy to its knees has been reappointed as head of the fed. >> right. >> does this give you hope for being re-elected governor of new york? because may i remind you, he screwed everybody. >> i just became a fan of ben bernanke. >> i love colbert. spitzer is doing it right. he quit. gave up the governorship and showing the humility, well-earned humility this country is willing to accept. sarah who? watch senator scott brown dance away from sarah palin saying he never spoke to her. >> do you think that sarah palin is presidential material? >> well, sure. she has been a mayor and a governor and has a lot of national following. the more people in a presidential race the better. she never contacted us and vice versa. >> really? she has never contacted you? how do you figure this statement from palin's camp. governor palin spoke with a very happy senator-elect brown this evening and congratulated him. hmm.
over the nextçó two years we are tryg to be fairly strict on the time. chairman bernanke needs to be out by 2:00. the gentleman from illinois. >> con dprat layingses on your reelection. the fdic reported yesterday that bank lending in 2009 fell by 7.75%. $587 billion in the washington journal said it was epic, the decline. there's a chart behind. why is bank lending falling so dramatically. it's falling because we are forcing to receive reserves. upon the committee room tv now is a chart from the oversite value report. increasing 700% since the first quarter of 2007. you'll notice from the chart that if the trend continues, the rate of free loans will soon be off that chart. the dramatic increase to me is really approaching a tsunami approaching our local communities. it is estimated to pique with over 300 billion expected to mature each year. 3.5 trillion, more held by banks and thrift. much held by the community banks that have survived the first part of the mortgage. now being threatened by this one. fdic yesterday added 450 banks to the troubled bank lits doubling the numbe
a big eye there. let's get a check on wall street where fed chairman ben bernanke is making investments nervous. sfoks are down after bernanke outlined the ways fed can pull back on the $1 trillion being used to prop up the economy. today's house financial services commity hearing was postponed because of the snow in d.c. the fed decided to release bernanke's prepared remarks anyway. so we are going the keep our eye on how the markets respond there throughout the day. you can see as we stand still above the 10,000 mark but down 37 points on the day. stocks are low on fears any move by the fed to pull out money from the financial system could hurt the recovery. >>> the sex scandal surrounding john edwards is back in the news. today's the deadline for former aide to turn over an alleged sex tape. senior investigative correspondent lisa myers joins me now. has he done it yet? is the plan that he will turn it over during a court hearing? >> well, as of a couple of hours ago the tape was in the sheriff's office in north carolina. and was going to be delivered to the court around 2:00 today w
of that market. >> diane, where does this leave fed chief ben bernanke in terms of interest rates and where we're heading? i mean, by most consensus here people would anticipate and he has said that he's going to leave them in a very low rate environment for quite some time. how long is that time going to be? >> you know, i've had the fed not raising rates until december for my entire forecast and i'm starting to re-think they might not raise it until 2011. this is a very weak economy. so the weather exacerbates weakness, no question about it. we may recoup some of those gains and we may recoup some of them in march, but at the end of day when you've got people losing income when they're living paycheck to paycheck already, that's just an economy that's not as resilient. it just underscores the fragility of the economy that ben bernanke himself said yes, the weather is noisy and we have to go through it and at the end of day this economy is not looking that great in the first quarter. >> speaking of that, let's attack today's data. milton, real gdp was revised upwards to 5.9% for the first qua
bernanke said last week the time is not right to raise interest rates. if we do that it will slow down the economy and make things terrible for everybody. >> how long do you think -- how much more time do you think that people have a to make a deal on a house for the tax credit? >> it expires inning aweeks so if they want to do it, do it now. >> it is mind over money friday. the phone number is 202-432- 9045. taking your questions. free financial advice. give us a ring. >>> again we want to thank our guests for participating in this week's edition of mind over money. our panel isn't going away. they will take your calls for the next 30 minutes. ask james about the tax seminar. talk to ernest about planning your lifestyle and keeping it. great group of people. howard? >> we still have pretty many snow showers toward columbia and bwi and anne arundel county. winds are still howling. that will be the case. slowly dying off this afternoon. not a bad weekend. monday looks good and next wednesday, wilter is not over yet. watch for a possible coast alp don't hate me ladies. >> we love you, ho
times larger than any other increase in wall street's history. moving on, fed chairman ben bernanke will be in the li limelight tonight. he will deliver part one of a semiannual speech on the economy and monetary policy today before the house financial services committee and one of the things he may say is that last week's hike in the discount rate was just a technical move, not a history in policy. with that, willie, back over to you. >> all right. thank you so much. >>> still ahead here on "way too early," snooki and the situation go into the lion's den to answer some tough questions from the ladies of "the view." the question is who asks tough questions of cast of "the jersey shore"? >>> plus yesterday i showed you my rare night on the town. today, i reveal my grim daily reality. a behind the scenes look at how "way too early" is made in the middle of the vancouver night. it's a touching story no family will want to miss. >>> all that and ginger ze with weather. all that when we come back. >>> welcome back to "way too early." live pictures of downtown vancouver, all quiet and rai
that the company is revamping its recall procedures. ben bernanke is telling the house committee that lower interest rates are still needed ho help the economi economy rec. home sales fell to a record low level, that is the 3rd state drop. hummer is a goner. general motors is discontinuing the brand. the deal to sell hummer to a chinese company is falling through. >>> carnival is saying that prices are going up as business picks up. that is business, i'm sandra smith. >>> coming up the president of a state school is reportedly
be good for the world economy if they do. >> what about the drama around ben bernanke. he was confirmed for a second term in the senate as chairman of the federal reserve. was it justified? is that deserved? any surprises? >> well, it would have been pretty scary if they hadn't confirmed hi i mean, what it would say is congress wants to run the fed. there are othe good candidates but ben has done a great job the last year especially and it just wouldn't have been good for congress or good for the institution. >> laura? >> i agree completely. this has been tied up with discussions that many members of congresshave in trying to weaken or take power away from the fed. >> are you concerned about the independence of the fed? >> i am >> i am absolutely. >> why? tell me. >> congress knew it could set interest rates but oh, my gosh they can print a couple trillion dollars of debt. they can buy consumer loans. we don't want someone to have that kind of power. they want to get in on that. monetary policy. it's a dangerous moment. >> real quick on the state of the union. president obama delivering
that was reiterated by ben bernanke on capitol hill, people started buying stocks. our futures are down right now so this roller coaster ride looks like it will continue today. >> i'm assure you were watching prosecute akio toyoda testified before lawmaker on capitol hill. what did you make of tat testimony and his appearance there. >> i thought he was very sincere. i thought that he was very good to speak in english and not do the ## (voice of translator): later as best he could. i thought congress was very easy on him compared to the way they treated tim geithner and ben bernanke and some others here over the last few months. but by and large, i think the meat and potatoes was the day before. i think that was when we really got to the crux of the matter what we needed to do and what congress needed to do as a governing body in relation to the situation. i think yes, there was more of an opportunity for the president to speak to the american people, the president of toyota, that is, and he did that. >> thank you, chris. we'll see you tomorrow. and here at hem, just what you thought it was safe tou
news from ben bernanke, who gave testimony to nobody because of the snow. testimony which said he isn't going to tighten until the economy gets better, bizarrely. those comments initially send the market down hard. it made me think, what does the market say, what is wall street saying to him. they wanted to say, i'm going to plug the market with money even if things get good. would they have preferred them to tell us all is well, and i'm tightening right now? thankfully bernanke continues to do the right thing. i'm calling him the grown-up in chief. finally, i think we're going to see a real stimulus package coming out of congress. a bipartisan effort that will produce real jobs that use real equipment and fix real infrastructure. are you listening my friend? that's big news. it signals that the administration may be able to walk, chew gum and botch health care reform all at the same time. the bottom line, we slip through obama and china today. maybe this is the beginning of something big that will permanently sideline our two least favorite sea monsters. or maybe it's just a breather
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